May 9, 2017

Human Trafficking

It is estimated that 20.9 million people globally are victims of modern day slavery. This multi-billion dollar human trafficking industry can strip its victims of their freedom through many forms, from prostitution to involuntary servitude, and can happen anywhere.  

NYU Washington, DC welcomed U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Cindy McCain for a dialogue on the fight to #EndHumanTrafficking. ­­



Meet the Panel

Senator Heidi Heitkamp

Senator Heidi Heitkamp

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp is the first female senator elected from North Dakota. In her first term, she has quickly become a leader among her colleagues in the fight against human trafficking – first sounding the alarm bells on human trafficking as a law enforcement issue in the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs in 2013 – where she now serves as ranking member on the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management.

Cindy McCain

Cindy McCain

Mrs. Cindy Hensley McCain has spent her life fighting on behalf of women and children, and has been a strong leader in the fight against human trafficking. 

Janie Chuang

Janie Chuang  (Moderator)

Janie Chuang is a Professor of Law who teaches and writes in the areas of international law, human trafficking and labor migration. Drawing on her expertise on human trafficking issues, Professor Chuang has served as an adviser to the United Nations, the International Labor Organization, and the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe.